Pau, France

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Pau

Palais Beaumont.JPG
Palais Beaumont in Pau
Coat of arms of Pau
Coat of arms
Pau is located in France
Pau
Administration
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Pau
Canton Chief town of 4 cantons
Intercommunality Pau Pyrénées
Mayor François Bayrou
(2014–2020)
Statistics
Elevation 165–245 m (541–804 ft)
(avg. 205 m/673 ft)
Land area1 31.51 km2 (12.17 sq mi)
Population2 77,575  (2013)
 - Density 2,462 /km2 (6,380 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 64445/ 64000
Website www.pau.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 43°18′N 0°22′W / 43.30°N 0.37°W / 43.30; -0.37

Pau is a commune in southwestern France, in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. It is the prefecture (capital) of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department. It is also the capital of 6 cantons in the department: Jurançon, Pau-Centre, Pau-Est, Pau-Nord, Pau-Ouest and Pau-Sud.

Pau is the second city of Aquitaine, after Bordeaux. Pau was also the capital of the old historical province of Béarn.

Geography[change | change source]

Pau is at about 190 km (120 mi) from Bordeaux and from Toulouse, on a 200 m elevation overlooking the valley of a mountain river called the Gave de Pau, and at 100 km (62 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean and at 50 km (31 mi) from the Pyrenees.

It has an area of 31.51 km2 (12.17 sq mi) and its average altitude is 205 m (673 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 210 m (690 ft).[1]

Pau and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Pau

Pau is surrounded by the communes Buros, Montardon, Morlaàs, Bizanos, Idron, Gelos, Jurançon,Lons and Billère.

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Pau is Marine West Coast Climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb), with mild winters and warm summers.[2]

The average temperature for the year in Pau is 13.5°C (56.3°F). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 20.7°C (69.3°F). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 6.6°C (43.9°F).

The average amount of precipitation for the year in Pau is 1,051.6 mm (41.4 in). The month with the most precipitation on average is December with 104.1 mm (4.1 in) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is February with an average of 73.7 mm (2.9 in).[2]

Climate data for Uzein (Pau), Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 11
(52)
12.2
(54)
15.2
(59.4)
16.8
(62.2)
20.5
(68.9)
23.6
(74.5)
25.8
(78.4)
25.9
(78.6)
23.8
(74.8)
19.8
(67.6)
14.3
(57.7)
11.6
(52.9)
18.4
(65.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 6.6
(43.9)
7.4
(45.3)
10.0
(50)
11.9
(53.4)
15.6
(60.1)
18.7
(65.7)
20.7
(69.3)
20.7
(69.3)
18.2
(64.8)
14.7
(58.5)
9.8
(49.6)
7.2
(45)
13.46
(56.23)
Average low °C (°F) 2.1
(35.8)
2.5
(36.5)
4.8
(40.6)
6.9
(44.4)
10.7
(51.3)
13.8
(56.8)
15.5
(59.9)
15.5
(59.9)
12.6
(54.7)
9.6
(49.3)
5.3
(41.5)
2.7
(36.9)
8.5
(47.3)
Rainfall mm (inches) 84.9
(3.343)
74.7
(2.941)
79.2
(3.118)
73.1
(2.878)
97.9
(3.854)
88.3
(3.476)
86.6
(3.409)
79.1
(3.114)
89
(3.5)
100.4
(3.953)
94.2
(3.709)
103.8
(4.087)
1,051.2
(41.386)
Source: Weatherbase.com [1]

Population[change | change source]

With a population of 77,575,[3] Pau has a population density of 2,462 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Pau are known, in French, as Paulois (women: Pauloises).[4]

Administration[change | change source]

Pau is the prefecture of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department since 1796. It is also the capital of four Cantons:[5]

  1. Pau-1, formed with a part of Pau
  2. Pau-2, formed with a part of Pau and the commune Idron
  3. Pau-3, formed with a part of Pau and the communes of Bizanos and Mazères-Lezons
  4. Pau-4, formed with a part of Pau and the commune Gelos

Gallery[change | change source]

Twin towns[change | change source]

Pau is twinned with:[6]

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